Donald Trump praises USA military sales in talks with Saudi crown prince

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Iran's influence in the Middle East is one topic that was discussed.

"They want investors to come in, but if you're an investor now why would you go to Saudi Arabia if you know your investments might not be safe and you know the state can just come in and confiscate your financial assets?" said Andreas Krieg of King's College London.

"This is not the real Saudi Arabia", Prince Mohammed said when asked by CBS News about the repressive version of Islam many outsiders associate with the kingdom.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the chamber's Foreign Relations Committee, said senators questioned the crown prince closely about Yemen during a meeting with him on Tuesday.

Trump and MBS will meet in the Oval Office on Tuesday and then sit down for a working lunch at the White House.

Qassemi went on to assert that "some Al-Qaeda affiliates, including relatives of former terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, were arrested [by Iran] and deported to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia while fleeing the United States invasion in 2001".

"We'll see what happens", Trump said.

Also of note is the Saudi role in the every-worsening civil war in Yemen, which has sparked a response from a bipartisan group of lawmakers who have called for an end to United States support for the Saudi-backed coalition who are fighting Iranian-backed Houthis in the country.

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Those figures contradict figures released by the White House and are several times larger than figures provided by the leading companies involved in purchases and investments both countries make in each other's economies. "And Saudi Arabia appreciates that", he said, adding that they have done tests of everything.

During the trip, Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia, which was primarily brokered through Kushner.

The prince was also due to have dinner with Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, the two point men in the Trump administration overseeing Middle East peace efforts.

At the same time, though, MBS has sought to consolidate power by reigning in Saudi Arabia's extensive royal family and business community. In November, he oversaw the arrests of more than 200 Saudi officials and businessmen.

The $12.5 billion the Saudis were paying for planes, tanks, ships and munitions shown in the posters was "peanuts" for the oil-rich kingdom, Trump joked before cameras in the Oval Office.

The crown prince, who is also the defense minister, is on a public relations blitz while traveling in the United States, with stops in New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston to cultivate investments.

In group meetings on Capitol Hill, Mohammed spent more than two hours in 20- to 30-minute sessions with the congressional leaders and heads of national security committees from both sides of the aisle.

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